Lonnie Williams joined the Tennessee State University staff as assistant men's basketball coach in 2006. Williams brings more than 25 years of collegiate coaching experience. His responsibilities with the Tigers will include recruiting, scheduling, guard development, scouting, practice planning, team travel and game preparation.
He came to TSU after one season as the associate head coach at the University of Hartford. In his one season he helped the Hawks go from last place in the American East Conference to third place finish.
Williams served as the director of athletics and head men's basketball coach at Knoxville College (2003-2005). While at Knoxville, Williams was in charge of fundraising and managing personnel.
Prior to Knoxville, Williams spent three seasons as an assistant coach at Florida International University from 2001-2003 where his responsibilities included recruiting, scheduling, travel, individual improvement, game preparation and working with the post players. Williams also served as an assistant for North Carolina A&T (1990-1992), University of California at Davis (1989-1990) and Whitworth College (1982-1983).
Williams has sixteen years of head coaching experience. He served as head men's basketball coach at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore from 1996-2000. There he turned the Fighting Hawks into a competitive program showing improvement each year in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference standings.
Williams spent four seasons as the head coach at Tuskegee University. He led the team to its best start in 53 years during the 1993-1994 season, including finishing with a team record of 18-8 defeating the nations number two and sixth ranked teams in Divsion II. His accolades continued at Tuskegee having coached one first team All-American, three All-Conference and six All-SIAC Academic players.
From 1987-89, Williams served as head coach at Florida Atlantic University where he help establish the university's basketball program.
During the 1986-87 season, Coach Williams was the head coach at South Florida Community College. Under Williams' direction, the Panthers went 25-5 producing the school's best record. The Panthers won the Sun Coast Conference Championship and finished second in the Florida Junior College Poll. SFCC was ranked 16th nationally and led the nation in scoring, averaging 104.1 points per game. For his exploits, Coach Williams was named Coach of the Year in the Sun Coast Conference.
Coach Williams competed at Sheridan College in Wyoming for two seasons (1976-78) before transfering to the University of Montana-Northern for the 1978-79 season.
The New York City native is a 1980 graduate from Eastern Washington University with a Bachelor of Arts degree. Coach Williams received his M.S. degree in physical education from the University of Idaho in 1982.
Coach Williams and his lovely wife Rosemarie are the proud parents of daughters Lonamarie and Tonyeca, and son Marlon Christopher.